Re: Recruiting (?)
Sleezer, Jim (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Tue, 1 Dec 1992 13:30:06 CST
On Tue, 1 Dec 1992 12:00:00 -0500 <HOLMAN_JIM/OMGATE_OA@GATE.US.OHIO-STATE.EDU>
>Our (relatively new) DE has performed a program, new to OUR district,
>which has several of the unit leaders a bit bent out of shape. This
>query is to determine how "standard" the practice is and if we have
>a right to be bothered.
>In addition to the regular fall roundups which each unit does (another
>problem -- he INSISTED on running the roundups himself which many
>groups had done on their own very successfully for years -- he went so
>far as to threaten to pull one unit's charter if they didn't go along) without
>consultation of the units, did his own 'community wide' roundup in
>which he tried to recruit new scouts. He caused a good bit of confusion by
>calling kids who had earlier signed 'interest cards' who were already active
>in dens by telling them they had to show up at this location to sign up for
>scouts. Then he REALLY stepped on some toes by 'assigning' his new
>recruits into packs/troops based on where they lived/went to school/church
>again without really consulting with the units involved. Some leaders
>are a bit upset at having new kids dumped on them in the middle of a
>program year WITHOUT the commensurate new leaders to go with them. We're
>not complaining about growth, but about the way he is trying to accomplish
>Is this sort of activity common for the professionals to do? A new
>idea? Do we have a right to yell at him?
I've heard of several professionals who tried this approach. My experience
was that it resulted in very low retention since the focus was always on
getting boys without concern for leadership requirements.
Since you have a relatively new DE, I suspect that he/she is trying to make
an impression on the SE. The problem is that he/she didn't cover all the
bases that a good unit does in its recruiting program.
The best years were when the DE was in the council office receiving the
recruit totals that units phoned in (or brought by the office if you wanted
to share the pizza and soft drinks a local pizza place provided). It helped
get registration forms in promptly. For us, it meant that we could handout
membership cards at the pack meeting two weeks later.
BTW, I wouldn't yell at him/her, but I would make sure that he/she was
aware of your concerns.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City